Threatened Species Programme

The Threatened Species Programme (TSP), funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy from 2004-2009, is a monitoring and reporting programme that is divided into plant and animal units. The plant component comprises the Red List of South African plants and the Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) programme

What we do?

The TSP is mandated to monitor and report on the conservation status of South Africa's indigenous plant and animal species. The TSP co-ordinates the collection of information on species, particularly those that have historically received little research and conservation attention, such as reptiles, spiders and marine fish, through projects involving volunteers from the public, scientists, taxonomists and conservationists from partner institutions across the country. The data collected through these projects are used to assess species' risk of extinction against the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

In addition, the TSP co-ordinates and promotes the application of threatened species information in all spheres of biodiversity conservation - from national and international conservation legislation and policy, to conservation planning, protected area selection, protection of threatened habitats, and ex-situ breeding programmes within the SANBI National Botanical Gardens.

What are we currently working on?

Global strategy for plant conservationThe Global strategy for plant conservation was endorsed by the convention of Biodiversity in 2002 with new targets being ratified in 2010.  South Africa, being one of the signatories to this strategy, is facilitating the development of a national strategy with 16 specific targets to ensure the conservation of plants.

The National strategy for Plant Conservation will be published in 2015.

What have we achieved?

  • South African Reptile Conservation Assessment (SARCA) in partnership with the University of Cape Town's Animal Demographic Unit.
  • South African Butterflies Conservation Assessment (SABCA) in partnership with the University of Cape Town's Animal Demographic Unit.
  • South African National Survey of Arachnida (SANSA) in partnership with the Agricultural Research Council
  • Western Leopard Toad atlas in partnership with Cape Nature, City of Cape Town, Overstrand Municipality, Table Mountain National Park, Nature Conservation Corporation and volunteers of the public

TSP Publications


Last updated on 24 June 2015
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